Quotations on Virtue

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Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Life, Virtue, Innocence, March, Temptation, Vice)

Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Life, Virtue, Innocence, March, Temptation, Vice)

A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Virtue, Infinite, Possibilities, Vice)

The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money.
- Marcel Achard
(Keywords: Money, Virtue, Career, First, Pleasure, Woman, Writer)

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Nature, Virtue, America, Confusion, Constitution, Credit, Honor, Ignorance, Want)

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Enemy, Suspicion, Will)

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Truth, Virtue, Man)

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Virtue, Modesty)

Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Virtue, Public)

I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem that I have written all that God has put into my heart and into my pen.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: God, Heart, Virtue, Pen)

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton
(Keywords: Power, Virtue, Heaven, Influence, Modesty, Stars, Woman)

Faith is the virtue by which, clinging-to the faithfulness of God, we lean upon him, so that we may obtain what he gives to us.
- William Ames
(Keywords: Faith, God, Virtue, Faithfulness, May)

When virtue is at liberty, so to some extent is vice.
- Barbara Amiel
(Keywords: Virtue, Liberty, Vice)

Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Art, Life, Virtue, Authority, Eloquence, Maxim)

Self criticism must be my guide to action, and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue, only a procedure.
- Kingsley Amis
(Keywords: Action, Virtue, Criticism, First, Self)

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Consistency, Courage, Virtue, Potential, Practice)

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Courage, Virtue, Nothing, Practice)

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Man, Will)

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Virtue, Perfection)

There is a tendency around the world today to copy TV culture. And that is not always a virtue.
- Francis Arinze
(Keywords: Virtue, Culture, Today, World)

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Character, Performance, Virtue, Actions)

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Wisdom, Virtue, Justice, Moderation)

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Men, Virtue, Right)

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Art, Habit, Virtue, Act, Excellence, Training)

Compassion is not a popular virtue.
- Karen Armstrong
(Keywords: Virtue, Compassion, Popular)

In short, all things that please the natural man in this world, are, to a true Christian, only so many crosses and temptations, allurements of sin and snares of death, that continually exercise his virtue.
- Johann Arndt
(Keywords: Death, Virtue, Christian, Exercise, Man, Sin, Temptations, World)

Affliction is a school of virtue; it corrects levity, and interrupts the confidence of sinning.
- Francis Atterbury
(Keywords: Virtue, Affliction, Confidence, School)

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Soul, Virtue, Appearance, Humility)

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine
(Keywords: Virtue, Light, Spiritual)

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Nature, Quality, Virtue, Care)

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Education, Virtue, Ability, Glory, Man)

God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.
- Saint Teresa of Avila
(Keywords: God, Virtue, Wrong)

According to the new ethics, virtue is not restrictive but expansive, a sentiment and even an intoxication.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Virtue, Ethics, Sentiment)

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.
- Thomas Babington
(Keywords: Power, Virtue, Proof)

Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Virtue, Fools, Silence)

Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Virtue, Integrity, Judges, Witty)

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Wife, Virtue, Children, Fortune)

If that form of government, that system of social order is not wrong - if those laws of the Southern States, by virtue of which slavery exists there, and is what it is, are not wrong - nothing is wrong.
- Leonard Bacon
(Keywords: Government, Virtue, Laws, Nothing, Order, Slavery, states, Wrong)

Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
- Hosea Ballou
(Keywords: Happiness, Friend, Virtue, Enemy, Right, Suspicion, Wrong)

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
- Hosea Ballou
(Keywords: Virtue, Ambition, Vice)

Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Soul, Virtue, Nothing, Politeness)

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Beauty, Truth, Soul, Virtue, Infinite, Justice, Law)

Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.
- Natalie Clifford Barney
(Keywords: Virtue, Seduction)

It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Poetry, Time, Virtue, Being, Wine)

It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Time, Poetry, Virtue, Wine)

Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Virtue, Guests, Humility)

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.
- Ludwig van Beethoven
(Keywords: Virtue, Children, Gold)

Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.
- Ludwig van Beethoven
(Keywords: Experience, Money, Virtue, Children)

A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.
- Ruth Benedict
(Keywords: Gratitude, Virtue, Job, Man)

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.
- William Bennett
(Keywords: Virtue, Thankfulness)



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